If you have family staying with you this weekend, you should totally SURPRISE them with "Bannann Graje". If your Mom is visiting she'll be like "Oh-ohh,depi ki lè ou konn fe Bannann graje, Rete!!!" Or take this opportunity to introduce your kids to the deliciousness of warm Bannann Graje tonight aka Warm Haitian Plantain Porridge. If you're married to someone of Haitian descent surprise them for breakfast with this yummy delicious porridge, they'll be shocked that you know how to make it. If you have green plantains, evaporated milk and spices you could be enjoying this delicious, warm and filling breakfast porridge now.
Enjoy My Creamy "Bannann Graje" !
You should try serving it this morning, Enjoy Shoo-Boo-Dupe!!
Prep: 5 min
Cook time: 20-25 mins
Category: Mainly Breakfast, but can be enjoyed anytime of the day.
🌺1 & 1/2 Green Plantain (Peeled & Cut into small cubes)
🌺5 Cups of Water
2 tsp of #CCQ Kay Manman Spice mix (Available in the Shop section of the website.)
3 cinnamon sticks
5 star anise
1/2 freshly grated nutmeg(Only grade 1/2 of the nutmeg for this recipe)
🌺1/2 Teaspoon Salt
🌺1/2 Stick of REAL Butter (4 tbsp)
🌺(2 cans) of 12 ounce of Evaporated Milk
🌺3/4 -- 1cup Cup Sugar ( or adjust to your liking)
🌺2 Tablespoon of Essence De Noyau)
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
🌺 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest OR zest of 1/2 lime
*Add cubed plantains , 5 cups of water and Kay Manman Spice to your blender. Blend on high until pureed and smooth....2-3 minutes.
*NEXT :Pour pureed plantain blend into medium-sized pot on medium-high heat and let boil 3- 5 minutes while stirring constantly.( Mixture will thicken during boiling process, IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONTINUOUSLY STIR TO PREVENT BURNING)
*NEXT: Then add your star anise, cinnamon stick, salt and butter.. let boil/cook for an additional 2 - 3 minutes while stirring constantly.. (At this point that familiar smell of warm "Bannann Graje" cooking over the stove when you were a child should be coming back to you, doesn't it smell delicious and you haven't even added the milk, sugar and almond extract yet! Yum!)
*Then stir in your sugar, lime zest, Essence De Noyau extract, vanilla extract, graded nutmeg and 2 cans of evaporated milk. Lower heat to medium-low and allow to cook for an additional 4-5 minutes while stirring occasionally (Until you reach your desired thickness) ...Serve with warm sliced Haitian bread topped with a little bit of butter.
Enjoy! From my Caribbean kitchen to yours.
Love, CCQ🌺❤ ( This dish is similar to Porridge served in Jamaica made with Harmony corn or cornmeal)